Noynoy on Revilla's acquittal: Confusing, bewildering, unexplainable - The Daily Sentry

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Noynoy on Revilla's acquittal: Confusing, bewildering, unexplainable

Former president Noynoy Aquino and Senator Bong Revilla

Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is very much confused and cannot understand what happened to the Sandiganbayan decision which involves former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla being acquitted of his plunder case.

"I am sure that if one were to study the decision once released, one would be confused and bewildered instead of enlightened," said the former president.

Happy on Napoles conviction

"I am glad it is not my job to explain the unexplainable," Aquino added.

The former chief executive is also glad and happy in the same decision that senator Revilla’s co-accused pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and Revilla's former legislative aide Richard Cambe have been found guilty. Both of them have been sentenced to be imprisoned as provided by the length of reclusion perpetua.

"That fact proves a crime was committed," Aquino said


It should be remembered that all the transactions involving one of the biggest scam- the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) happened or transpired under the “Daang Matuwid” of Aquino administration.

It was during Aquino’s term that former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Jinggoy Estrada were charged of plunder and graft and was ordered to be arrested and was eventually detained in the Philippine National Police Detention Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

In 2015, the Sandiganbayan in a landmark decision allowed former Senate President Enrile to post a P1.45-million bail due to his advanced age and frail/sickly condition.

In 2017, Estrada was given temporary liberty by the Sandiganbayan as well after posting P1-million bail.*

 Revilla's denial

Revilla has repeatedly denied accusations that he misused his congressional allocation.

"I never received money from Janet Lim Napoles at sa mga kasamahan niya (and her colleagues),” Revilla said during one of the hearings of his plunder case.

He also said that he never gave Cambe, his former legislative officer, the authority to deal with Napoles on his behalf.

Revilla allegedly made profits from the diversion of his discretionary funds through Cambe who supposedly transacted with Napoles, according to government prosecutors.

Meanwhile, allegations have been swirling around that it was the brainchild of the Liberal Party headed by Aquino, senator Drilon, and former Department of Budget (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad are the real mastermind of the diversion of the legitimate government funds to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which are if to believed, favored those who are party members of the past administration.

Co-accused of pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles / photo via UNTV

Source: GMA News